Politics

  • 2017 French Presidential elections

    In 2017, France will hold its presidential elections – an event that has taken on renewed significance in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Setting the scene for next year’s race is the Socialist Party’s (PS) growing divide and decreasing popularity of the current President François Hollande, the mainstream right…

  • Politics and Sport

    Sport and politics have often become inextricably linked. There are numerous high profile historical examples of this ranging from South African sport being boycotted during the apartheid era, Jesse Owens winning in front of Adolf Hitler and Mohammed Ali being banned from boxing due to his refusal to join the US Army. Political issues around…

  • Poland – what direction for Europe’s enfant terrible?

    A conservative government is enjoying for the first time in Polish modern democracy an unequivocal mandate to govern alone, supported by a loyal president. But the first 150 days have prompted a wave of concern about developments in Warsaw. The ruling Law and Justice party is complex: socially conservative but left-leaning on economics. It all…

  • Get Digital With… Pauline Gounaud. An interview about our digital future.

    In the next couple of months we will be following-up with a series of unexpected interviews with policy makers, government officials, industry representatives, interest groups, entrepreneurs and lobbyists who are somehow involved in forging the rules of our digital lives. But for once we don’t want to discuss policy. Let’s discuss a couple of ideas…

  • Law and Justice – they’re back…

    Yesterday, Poles handed the Law and Justice party (PIS) victory in the Polish parliamentary election. No surprise here, as their win was widely predicted, and exit polls gave them a resounding victory with 37.7% of the vote. The incumbent centrist Civic Platform was decimated, securing just 23% of the vote, less than half of what…

  • The return of Tsipras

    Sunday’s snap election in Greece has resulted in victory for Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, who returns as Prime Minister with a 7.5% margin over his opponent, New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. While pre-election polls had them neck and neck, in the end Syriza fell just five seats short of an overall majority and will renew…

  • EU attitudes

     FTI Consulting recently completed EU Research with the general population in Estonia, France, Germany, Sweden & the UK in order to seek their view on EU related issues. This is particularly timely given the UK’s own drive for EU reform and inevitable referendum, as well as instability in the Euro primarily as a result of the…

  • Time to put some oxygen into the oxi

    With Sunday’s vote, Tsipras has generated some significant political capital which he must now spend wisely in the next stage of negotiations. But for all parties around the negotiating table, it’s time to put some oxygen into Greeks’ oxi, say FTI Consulting’s Constantine Levoyannis, George Candon and Hans Hack. The major wager Probably the only…

  • The future of airport capacity in the UK

     The UK’s independent Airports Commission published on Wednesday 01 July its long-awaited and highly political report into the future of aviation capacity in the United Kingdom. In its Air Capacity Snapshot FTI Consulting looks into the political implications of the controversial question of London airport expansion.

  • Greece: There’s no such thing as miracles

    In an act of political brinkmanship during the early hours of Saturday 27 June, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unexpectedly announced that on Sunday 05 July Greece will hold a referendum on two proposals put forward by its creditors. On the one hand, this should come as no surprise: after all, even German Finance Minister…

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